SPRINGDALE, Ohio - A school bus driver was fired Thursday for blowing through a stop sign after a concerned parent used her cell phone to catch it on video and posted it on Facebook.
The female driver, who worked for First Student bus company, was carrying young students from Springdale Elementary. Two people speak on the video as the bus rolls through the residential, four-way intersection at Ruskin Drive and Neuss Avenue in Springdale.
"Watch, she'll go right through it," a woman says just before the bus makes a left turn without stopping.
"Awwwwww, no, she didn't!" the other witness says.
"That's what she does every day," the woman says.
Sally Bickett, who lives on the corner, said drivers roll through the four-way stop all the time. But Bickett said it’s much worse when a school bus does it.
“Yeah, and I hear they were really young kids on that bus, too,” Bickett said.
The video, posted Wednesday, was viewed more than 65,000 times in 24 hours, but it didn't even take that long to get the driver fired.
Princeton City Schools Superintendent Tom Tucker said the driver admitted rolling through the stop sign. She was hired by Princeton City Schools in 2013 and became a driver for First Student when Princeton began outsourcing its bus service in 2014, Tucker said.
Here's a statement from First Student Senior Manager Stephanie Creech:
"We are disappointed by the performance captured in this video, as it does not reflect First Student's dedication to safety or the very rigorous training our drivers undergo. Certainly, we understand the concern this has caused within the community. The driver has been removed from service as we continue our internal review of the incident."
First Student is going to make all of its drivers take refresher training courses over the next two weeks, Tucker said.